Collaborating centres

Networks of WHO collaborating centres

In January 2000, the Executive Board urged the Member States to make full use of WHO collaborating centres as sources of information, services and expertise, and to strengthen their own national capacity for training, research and collaboration for health development. At the same time, it encouraged centres to develop working relations with other centres and national institutions recognized by WHO, in particular by setting up or joining collaborative networks with WHO's support.

Networks of collaborating centres have been created in many technical areas. For examples please see the following links:

"In everything we do, WHO relies on the expertise of hundreds of formal WHO Collaborating Centres, in your countries, and thousands of the best brains in science, medicine, and public health, in your countries. They give us their time freely and it is my strong impression that they do so with pride."
Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General, address to the Sixty-fourth World Health Assembly, 16 May 2011

Dr Margaret Chan


On 14/Jan/2015, the School of International Trade and Economics, University of International Business and Economics, Beijing, China has been designated as a WHO Collaborating Centre on Tobacco and Economics. More information

On 23/Jan/2015 the Centre for Adolescent Health at the Royal Childrens Hospital, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Autralia has been designated as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Adolescent Health. More information

On 28/Jan/2015, the Manchester Urban Collaboration on Health, Institute of Population Health, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK has been designated as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Health Indicators. More information